Postcolonial Ecologies opens with a presentation by the curators on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 6:00 pm (Amman time). Unfolding through multiple exhibitions, an online residency, public program and Summer Academy, the exhibition project discusses and reflects on essential ecological questions, addressing how colonial practices and extractive economies have affected/contaminated the natural environments of indigenous peoples and native ecosystems. Departing from the epistemic violence enacted through dominant technologies of measurement and calculation that subdue life forms to market logic, Postcolonial Ecologies unearths indigenous knowledge systems rooted in conceptions of nature and land as sources of life and subsistence. Thinking with Fanon, participants are invited to engage in critical readings of decolonization and to speculate on life futures that acknowledge land as ‘the most essential value’, its humus at once a carrier of collective memory/trauma and a site of anticolonial resurgence and regeneration. Against a modern grammar of predation and extraction, the multifaceted program invokes other worlds in the making, exploring radical forms of social organisation that centre mutual aid and more-than-human collaboration.
Curated by: Joud Al-Tamimi, Firas Shehadeh and Reem Marji.
The launch will be live-streamed on our Youtube channel. The full statement will also be published the day of the launch.
Featuring works from the Khalid Shoman Collection, the main exhibition opens on Saturday 22 May 2021 in the Main Building, Darat al Funun at 6:00 pm. An initial selection of participating artists follows below with the complete line-up to be announced in the coming months:
Asunción Molinos Gordo
Jumana Emil Abboud